Things the Campaigns Can’t Say

Romney blasted President Obama in the last debate for “what [he’s] called an apology tour of going to various nations in the Middle East and criticizing America.” Romney clarified what he means by apology tour later, stating, “the reason I call it an apology tour is because you went to the Middle East and you flew to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq… And then in those nations and on Arabic TV you said that America had been dismissive and derisive. You said that on occasion America had dictated to other nations. Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations.” Let’s ignore the fact that when President Obama said, “there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive,” he was actually in France and talking about Europe. Let us assume that he did apologize for America’s actions on Arabic TV. Does Romney remember what president Bush did? Bush was dismissive and derisive over other nations and certainly never did America’s popularity in the world any favors. Also, Bush delivered Iraq an unlitmatium leading to war in 2003. If an unlitmatium to Iraq is not dictating to other nations, then I don’t know what is. In 2008 one of President Obama’s strengths was that he would fix American’s foreign policy. Bush did so much damage to our relationships worldwide that a global apology tour was demanded by the circumstances! It’s actually too bad President Obama didn’t go on one, at least out side of Europe.

In the second debate Romney said “I can tell you that if you were to elect President Obama, you know what you’re going to get,” while describing that President Obama would deliver “a repeat of the last four years. We just can’t afford four more years like the last four years.” The repeat of the last four years, of course, is not correct, for a variety of reasons, but I do think Romney hit the nail on the head with the first part. “I can tell you that if you were to elect President Obama, you know what you’re going to get.” The same quote certainly can not be said about Romney. Romney’s policies have been all over the map. They change day to day, place to place, and it seems like sometimes he makes them up during the debate. There is no telling what policy’s he’d actually enact if he were President.

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